Saints vs. Buccaneers: Tim Lelito, Terron Armstead shine in win


The New Orleans Saints broke their four game losing streak on Sunday after knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-17.

Here’s a look at the Saints snap count leaders and grades from Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, as per Pro Football Focus.

Snap Count Leaders – Offense

Max Unger, Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Tim Lelito, Drew Brees – 85
Zach Strief – 84
Ben Watson – 71
Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks – 61
Tim Hightower – 60

Highest Grades – Offense

Tim Lelito, RG (+5.1)
Terron Armstead, LT (+4.0)
Andrus Peat, LG (+2.6)
Ben Watson, TE (+2.3)
Willie Snead, WR (+1.8)

Lowest Grades – Offense

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE  (-3.2, 42 snaps)
Zach Strief, RT (-2.6)
Tim Hightower, RB (-1.1)

Snap Count Leaders – Defense

Jairus Byrd, Delvin Breaux, Kenny Vaccaro – 55
Cam Jordan – 50
Brandon Browner – 49
Stephone Anthony – 46
Bobby Richardson, Tyeler Davison – 38

Highest Grades – Defense

Cam Jordan, DE (+1.8)
Bobby Richardson, DE (+1.4)
Damian Swann, CB (+0.9, 16 snaps)

Lowest Grades – Defense

Kyle Wilson, CB (-3.3, 35 snaps)
Brandon Browner, CB (-2.7)
James Anderson, LB (-2.1, 19 snaps)

Other Stat Stories

  • The black and gold won the time of possession battle by holding it for 37:14, while the Buccaneers finished with 22:46. The Saints offense won the first down battle 26-18.
  • Dennis Allen’s squad turned in their lowest yards allowed of the season on defense at 291 total yards, and gave up 5.6 yards per play.
  • The Saints offense finished 12-for-17 (70 percent) on 3rd down efficiency, and went 3-for-4 in the red zone.
  • Sean Payton won his first challenge of the season on Sunday. He was previously 0-for-3.
  • Final penalty count for the Saints: 12 penalties, 95 yards. Cornerback Kyle Wilson was credited with three penalties.
  • C.J. Spiller appeared in only 16 snaps for the Saints offense yesterday, and continues to be a big disappointment for the year. Tim Hightower finished with 85 yards on 28 carries, including a touchdown rush.
  • Marques Colston and Drew Brees connected for their 70th and 71st career touchdowns on Sunday. Brees also passed Dan Marino in career passing touchdowns, putting him as the NFL’s 4th all-time leader.
  • Dannell Ellerbe led all Saints defenders with 6 total tackles.

The Saints (5-8) now turn their attention to Monday Night Football, as they host the Detroit Lions (4-9). The team is mathematically alive for a Wild Card spot, but will need to have a lot happen for them to even get there. Also, they have to take care of their own business first.